Directory Celebrants in Christchurch
(No, the photograph up there is not me. I’m not very photogenic so please forgive me.)
Have the Romantic Wedding of your dreams.
It can be a Beautiful Personalised Wedding or a Simple Registry Office Ceremony.
You can have prayers, poems and readings - indoors or out in the Sunshine. You can have Handfasting (Tying the knot) or Jump-the-Broomstick.
Personalised Ceremony: During the ceremony it’s my job to see that together you are at your best, smiling, relaxed and in-the-moment. It’s also my job to see that your guests are relaxed, happy and enthralled by a ceremony they feel part of. When we meet we can talk about this, why it shows in my reviews and why it will show in photographs of your Wedding.
Destination Wedding: There are special places in NZ and I’m happy to travel. We can talk on Skype and the Licence is online.
Registry-Office Ceremony? These are no longer provided by the government but by Validated members of CANZ (Celebrants Association NZ). It’s a short, sweet and legal ceremony. You provide the venue, optional guests, two witnesses and $90. I provide the script and the vows and sort out the paperwork. If you wish I can provide a venue as well. For this option, go online and apply for your marriage licence. Choose a ‘Registry Ceremony’, choose Christchurch and on that page pick the celebrant of your choice, hopefully, me! Note the web site is: https://marriages.services.govt.nz/
Wedding Emcee: Let your friends relax and enjoy your Wedding Reception while I act as your Emcee.
Kate and Jason said: Sean was amazing, we would recommend him to anyone, easy to deal with & he helped everyone relax, especially Jason and the groomsmen.
Leonie & Dena said: Sean brought solemnity, humour and joy to our nuptials. He included our UK friends who Skyped into the ceremony at 3:30 am!
Dena Cowen said: We recently celebrated our third wedding anniversary and the greatest memories from the day (and not just from us) were the food, the music and Sean!
To inquire push the ‘Enquire by Email’ button (up the top).
For a Quote just ask and include some best-guess wedding details e.g. date, time, number of guests, location of the venue.
I look forward to discussing your special wedding day. Sean
Sean has been simply amazing to work with. Our wedding was during the covid-19 crisis and Sean worked with us along the way to make our wedding happen under level 3. Nothing was too big of an ask and he was happy to work through the details with us to personalise our wedding to suit us. He was able to answer every question we had and provide us with any information we needed. He has a wonderful character and sense of humor. We can’t thank him enough for our special day.
Wedding Date: April 29, 2020
our celebrant was SEAN Joyce.
Right from the first meeting we had with Sean, he put us at ease .he was relaxed and had the exact information we were looking for. He kept in contact though out the months building up to our wedding with reminders and a time line. He had wedding readings for us and some good advice. Sean then also met us at home where we were going to wed, He was very encouraging and had every thing under control .
On the day of our wedding he was brilliant ,he put the groom at ease, He spoke to the guests he used appropriate humour and made everyone feel welcome and special .
after the ceremony he stayed on for a bit ,the guest loved his personality ,then he vanished…. just like magic .I wold highly recommend him !! and would many of our guests !! well done Sean .
Wedding Date: February 21, 2020
We met Sean even before we’d confirmed our wedding venue, 8 months before our big day. We were so impressed with Sean’s professionalism, friendly manner and humor that we didn’t meet anybody else. In the lead up to the big day Sean was a wealth of knowledge with lots of great tips and helpful advice. On the big day he was a lovely, calming presence and helped put us at ease straight away. He offers a PA system with mic and speaker and our only advice to future couples would be to use it. We didn’t and unfortunately had mic issues on the day (the dj package came with a less than perfect mic). Sean handled it all in his stride and we whole heatedly recommend Sean.
Wedding Date: October 12, 2019
Hi Sean, We would just like to say from the bottom of our hearts THANK YOU! You made our ceremony light-hearted, fun, filled with so much love and laughter. I don’t think there was a dry eye on the balcony as we read each other our vows. It was raw, honest and us! So thank you!!
Much love and happiness, Tony, Nikki and Sienna Leca xx
Wedding Date: January 9, 2020
We would absolutely recommend Sean to any couple. Sean was lovely, kind and a book of knowledge. He helped us through the whole marriage process. On the day Sean was fantastic, all our guests have complemented Sean as our celebrant. Just the right amount of humour to make us all relax.
We thank you Sean!
Wedding Date: December 21, 2019
Ahhh where to start…Sean was absolutely amazing. He was just what we needed, helpful, caring, calming, reassuring and witty to boot!! So very pleased we found Sean! He really did help make it one of the best days of our lives
Wedding Date: November 16, 2019
Sean was the only wedding celebrant we met, and immediately we knew he was the right choice. We were blown away by how professional Sean was and how easy he made the whole process. He really took the stress out of our big day as he had already thought of everything. 10/10 would recommend Sean.
Wedding Date: September 1, 2019
Thank you very much Sean ..you are the best and you made our wedding stress free xx 5
Wedding Date: July 13, 2019
I’m writing this review as Mother of The Bride to thank Sean for help making my daughter and her husband’s day special with his knowledge, humour and seriousness all in the right places. He managed us all well with his ease of manner. When the paid DJ didn’t show up he so kindly loaned us his PA system so all ran smoothly. I highly recommended Sean
Wedding Date: May 18, 2019
We would highly recommend Sean as a marriage celebrant. Sean was so very helpful, kind and knowledgeable in the lead up to the wedding. The rehearsal we did only filled me with confidence and the wedding day itself ran super smoothly. Sean was funny and personable and all of our guests loved him! He wrote a beautiful ceremony script and helped us heaps with our vows. I can’t thank Sean enough for all his help and his guiding wisdom throughout the whole planning process.
Wedding Date: April 27, 2019
My husband and I are based in Australia and decided to have our wedding at Flaxmere Gardens, Masons Flat in May this year. My husband originally from Nelson NZ wanted a celebrant who was relaxed, funny and also serious when needed to be. Sean Joyce stood out for us when choosing our celebrant to hold the most important day of our lives. Sean was extremely good with communicating with us over in Australia via Skype, phone and email and provided us with support and guidance. No question was too big or too small Sean was always happy to answer and help where he could.
The wedding day was a dream, Sean is a truly excellent celebrant making our day so very special.
He engaged the guests and also helped us along the way, he also made us feel more relaxed and this is how we wanted our wedding day to be.
We loved Sean that much we asked him stay for canape and drinks time after the wedding
We are both so happy that we choose Sean as our celebrant. We wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.
Highly recommend Sean Joyce as a wedding celebrant!!
Wedding Date: May 4, 2019
This guy is amazing!
From the first time we meet Sean he put us at ease. Sean took us through everything, from walking done the isle to getting your marriage license, for us both not from New Zealand this was a huge help. He is very generous with his time and was always helpful with any questions we had.
Sean brought a great spirit to the day. Our guests loved the banter and Sean’s sense of humor put my guests and us at ease. Sean was friendly and inviting to our guests and
We recommend Sean to anyone looking for the best out there,
Thank you again Sean
Wedding Date: April 6, 2019
Sean was a wonderful celebrant and perfect for our wedding.
His experience, professionalism and knowledge made for a very relaxed planning process. His attention to detail meant everything went smoothly for both the rehearsal and ceremony.
We were very fortunate to come across Sean, as his humour and charm added so much to the ceremony. The best touch was how he managed to make everyone feel like part of the ceremony which so many are still commenting on.
Thank you for all of the energy you put into our wedding day, it couldn’t have been better!
Jessica and Adrian.
Wedding Date: March 16, 2019
From the moment we first met and started drafting out our plans, to the big day itself, we were knew we were in good hands.
Your professionalism, experience, charisma and sense of humor shone through at all stages.
We had a fabulous time, our guests loved you and We hope you enjoyed yourself also!
We threw a few curve balls in there just to keep you on your toes
Mira and Greg Wickes
Wedding Date: March 9, 2019
My husband and I were planning a surprise wedding, hoping a friend who was in on the secret could get her marriage licence to be part of our big day, but as the day grew closer, it looked more unlikely it would come together in time - it was time for ‘Plan B’
Having been a bridesmaid in a wedding Sean officiated over a number of years ago, I was familiar with his easy style. Reading a review from someone in a similar situation, I was inspired by Sean’s openness to work alongside our friend, allowing her to “run the show”, offering his time and advice to structure the ceremony; and stepping in to complete the legalities.
Thank you Sean, I’m very glad we were able to rely on you to help guide the evening and for suggesting some special moments to personalise our wedding ceremony.
Wedding Date: February 23, 2019
Sean was an amazing celebrant!
As we came to New Zealand for our wedding (We live in sydney), Sean skyped us several times to go through everything and make us feel at ease.
Sean is professional, knowledegable, funny and very charismatic. Our guests loved the way he brought some humour to the ceremeony as well as being serious when he needed to be.
Sean was prompt, reliable and he had some sound equipment for us to hire for our personal use later in the wedding, which he kindly dropped off to us the day before at our house and then collected after the wedding, making it a very smooth and hassle free process for us.
We would highly reccommend Sean to anyone - Thank you Sean!
Wedding Date: February 16, 2019
As a young couple, with only 8 weeks to plan our wedding and having no idea how weddings work. Sean was brilliant in helping us with all his knowledge and funny stories. Sean was wonderful to work with and helped us feel at ease with everything.
Would highly recommend Sean to everyone looking at getting married!
Thank you so much Sean from the bottom of our hearts!
Wedding Date: November 11, 2018
Highly recommended Sean, he’s just amazing!!
We contacted Sean through the website, and he replied very fast.
Also he’s so helpful to our wedding, before and during the wedding, always give us lots of different options, and always has lots of new ideas, as well as heaps of useful tips.
Our guests and us all love his sense of humor and his nature personality.
Would definitely recommend him to other couples who needed.
Thank you so much Sean for attend our wedding and be our celebrant, to make our day even more special!
Wedding Date: December 29, 2018
Wow what can we say. Sean is very thorough and experienced. He really made our ceremony enjoyable and relaxed. We couldn’t be happier with our ceremony and the big part of that was thanks to Sean. You won’t regret picking this man to help you for your big day!
Wedding Date: January 19, 2019
When my wife Aimee and I started planning our wedding we were at a loss as to whom to choose for our celebrant. Sean’s name came up in a google search and with a exception all his reviews were a great. We made contact and found him to be exceptionally well organized, professional with some humor thrown in too to lighten to mood…but it was of course his great accent that my Wife was sold on! As time was fast approaching Sean was always there to e-mail us and make contact gaining all the relevant information in a timely manner. Hopefully we weren’t too demanding but Sean was always patient, funny and always available if we needed to make contact. It was our choice not to have a rehearsal but Sean had the day so well organized that the Ceremony flowed perfectly and we had so many fantastic comments from our guests. I feel our wedding was an absolutely incredible day and Sean was a huge part of that. I also have two separate work colleagues getting married next year and have passed on Sean’s details to them too, but of course, I would highly recommend if you’re considering getting married, talk to Sean first.
Aimee & David
Wedding Date: November 7, 2018
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